The Hanging Oak of Kyle, Texas is a tree protective of its secrets. In the late 1840’s, a group of cowboys crossing the wild countryside came upon a poor soul hanging from a sad oak tree. His identity and story was unknown. However, as Blue Duck elegantly stated in Lonesome Dove “there’s plenty of folks need killing in Texas.” Carefully, the wanderers cut the poor soul down and buried him at the base of the grim live oak, his secrets safe in his shallow grave. Following the grim episode, a young boy died and was buried nearby, inspiring the owner of the land to turn the moribund site into a graveyard. Today, the graveyard is a historic and delightfully archaic destination. A mysterious plaque labeled “The Hanging Tree” is the only relic we have to mark the comfortless episode. Mr. Kyle, a civil war veteran and founder of the picturesque Hill Country town, also shares a burial plot here. Anyone who claims not to be affected standing beneath the sullen oak or immune to fear on a moonlit night amongst the limestone commemorations isn’t quite telling the truth. A visit here will leave you enriched but do not come expecting to be enlightened. Secrets here, like the people beneath the ground, are buried for eternity.